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Yale School of Music alumni receive Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

Garth Neustadter '12MM

Garth Neustadter ’12MM

On March 31, 2014, the ASCAP Foundation announced the recipients of the 2014 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. The program grants monetary awards to composers up to 30 years of age whose works are selected by a national jury.

Yale School of Music alumni and students Christopher Cerrone ’09MM, ’10MMA; Garth Neustadter ’12MM; Brendon Randall-Myers ’14MM; and Daniel Schlosberg ’10BA, ’13MM, ’14MMA received awards. They were among 27 composers selected from nearly 630 submissions. MORE

Published April 16, 2014
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Ted Hearne awarded New Voices residency

Hearne_TedYale School of Music alumnus Ted Hearne ’08 MM, ’09 MMA was named the third annual New Voices resident composer by the San Francisco Symphony, the New World Symphony, and the publishing company Boosey & Hawkes, which all co-sponsor the position.

As resident composer, Hearne will compose a chamber piece and a symphonic score to be workshopped by the New World Symphony, a training orchestra in Miami Beach directed by Michael Tilson Thomas, in the 2014–15 season. In 2015, the works will travel to the San Francisco Symphony, Mr. Thomas’ other orchestra, where they will be premiered. In addition, Hearne will work with Boosey & Hawkes in New York, taking part in what the company calls “all aspects of publishing.”

Hearne is known for his politically engaged compositions, such as The Katrina Ballads, a critique of the government response to Hurricane Katrina, and Ripple, based on the WikiLeaks scandal. He currently teaches composition at the University of Southern California. MORE

Published April 10, 2014
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YSM website nominated for Webby Award

Digital Media Center for the ArtsThe Yale School of Music’s new website was nominated for a Webby Award. The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences announced the nominees on Tuesday, April 8.

YSM is one of five nominees worldwide in the School/University category.

The School’s new website, which launched last September, was created through a collaboration between School of Music staff and faculty and design agency Madison Mott. View the creative team here.

All nominees compete for the web industry’s two most coveted awards: the Webby Award and the Webby People’s VoiceAward. While the Academy selects its Webby Winner in each category, every Webby Nominee also contends for a Webby People’s Voice Award as selected by the voting public. Voting is open April 8–24.  



Published April 8, 2014
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“Why Music?” video wins awards

13-090 YSM - Production StillsThe School of Music’s overture video “Why Music?” is the winner of two Internet Advertising Competition Awards. The video won Best Education Online Video and Best Music Online Video in the competition produced by the Web Marketing Association.

The awards were announced today on the Web Marketing Association’s website. Austin Kase ’11 BA, the School of Music’s video producer, wrote and directed the video. WATCH

The Internet Advertising Competition awards recognize excellence in online advertising. Entries compete head-to-head with other entries in their specific category, and are judged based on creativity, innovation, impact, design, copywriting, use of the medium, and memorability.

View the list of winners in this year’s online video categories hereMORE

Published April 3, 2014
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Alumna Sarah Kirkland Snider wins DSO Female Composers’ Award

sarah-kirkland-sniderSarah Kirkland Snider ’05 MM, ’06 AD has been awarded the seventh annual Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award for Female Composers from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO). Snider, who was chosen from applicants worldwide, will compose a new work that will be given its premiere in the 2015–16 season. In addition to concerts presenting her work, Snider will receive a $10,000 prize and a one-month residency at the Ucross Foundation, an artist’s retreat in northern Wyoming.

“I am elated and immensely honored to receive the DSO’s Elaine Lebenbom Commission,” said Snider. “The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is one of the world’s great orchestras, with an incredible legacy of artistic excellence. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to create a new work for these extraordinary musicians.”

Snider was chosen by a jury comprised of composer Evan Chambers and three DSO musicians: Johanna Yarbrough, horn; Joe Becker, principal percussion; and Marcus Schoon, contrabassoon. MORE

Published March 31, 2014
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Charles Richard-Hamelin ’13 MM wins third prize in Seoul International Music Competition

CharlesRichardHamelinOn March 30, 2014, alumnus Charles Richard-Hamelin ’13MM was awarded the third prize in the 10th Seoul International Music Competition. He also received the special prize for the Best Performance of a Beethoven Sonata.

In the final round, Richard-Hamelin played Rachmaninov’s Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 with the Korean Symphony Orchestra and conductor Yun-Sung Chang. The competition is held annually for piano, violin, and voice, in rotation. MORE

Published March 31, 2014
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Aaron Jay Kernis receives A.I. duPont Composer’s Award

Aaron Jay KernisFaculty composer Aaron Jay Kernis has recently received the 2014 A.I. duPont Composer’s Award from the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. He has also been selected for induction into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.

The duPont Composer’s Award from the Delaware Symphony Orchestra recognizes a living American composer or conductor who has contributed significantly to contemporary classical music. Kernis, a Philadelphia native and 1998 Pulitzer Prize winner, will accept the prize at the DSO’s final chamber concert on April 1. The program will feature music by Kernis’s Musica Celestis alongside selections by Webern and Mendelssohn.

Kernis’ induction into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame, succeeds his induction into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The American Classical Music Hall of Fame, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, seeks to build and sustain enthusiasm for classical music in contemporary America by celebrating diverse facts of classical music excellence. MORE

Published March 27, 2014
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Fernando Buide ’13DMA wins Spanish Aeos-BBVA composition prize

Buide_FernandoComposer Fernando Buide ’09 MMA, ’13 DMA was awarded the seventh edition of the Aeos-BBVA composition prize for his piece “Fragmentos del Satiricón.”

The award includes a cash prize and the performance of the work by numerous professional orchestras in Spain in the 2014–15 and 2015–16 seasons. The prize is given by the Spanish Association of Symphony Orchestras (AEOS) and the BBVA Foundation. 

Fernando Buide is currently a professor of composition and music theory at the Conservatorio Superior de Música da Coruña, Spain.

Published February 10, 2014
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Yale alumni victorious at Grammys


Roomful of Teeth 

On January 26, 2014, several Yale School of Music alumni won Grammy awards. Thomas Newman ’77BA, ’78MM won Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for the James Bond film Skyfall, and Brad Wells ’05DMA and his ensemble Roomful of Teeth won Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for their self-titled debut album.

Roomful of Teeth is a vocal ensemble founded and directed by Wells, whose members include alumni Estelí Gomez ’08BA, Caroline Shaw ’07MM, Eric Dudley ’03MM, ’04MMA, ’11DMA, Dashon Burton ’11MM, and Virginia Warnken ’13MM. The group performed at the pre-telecast ceremony; the video is online here, with the ensemble’s performance at about 1:09. MORE

Published January 27, 2014
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[ students & alumni ]

Henry Kramer receives Foote Award from Harvard Musical Association

kramer_henry_webThe Harvard Musical Association has selected pianist Henry Kramer ’13 AD, ’15 MMA to receive the prestigious Foote Prize. The Arthur W. Foote Prize is awarded to performer(s) of the highest musical caliber of university or conservatory level who are about to launch professional music careers.

Arthur W. Foote was a longtime, enthusiastic member of the Harvard Musical Association. He taught, composed, performed and lived close by the Association’s building on Beacon Hill. In honor of Foote’s musical legacy, the Harvard Musical Association each year bestows the Arthur W. Foote Award. This prize is used to honor a young artist or ensemble currently studying on the East Coast, and to bring such musicians to perform on the Association’s stage. MORE

Published January 2, 2014
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